Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Listen: Sinister Cinematic Rhythms from The Dirty Nil, Outer Rooms, Kyla La Grange and Terrorista

It has previously been noted that endless supplies of overly ripened breads and white beans can lead to repeated crouton casserole experiences. When you find yourself on one of these endless crouton and bean binges, might I suggest a soundtrack of:

Don't I love those mornings where I wake up and have a notification that one of the bands I follow on Spotify has added a new song. I liken it to those Christmas morning Amish crouton breakfasts that I grew up on. All those years I was fed a lie about how eating a bowl of Amish croutons for breakfast on Christmas morning would bring you good luck for the year ahead. Turns out that was a line my mom served lukewarm in order to get away from cereal and pop tart purchases during the holidays. I can't blame her, you've got to cut expenditures somewhere in order to make up for the money being spent on presents. My most recent Christmas morning Amish crouton breakfast feeling came courtesy of the Dirty Nil and their track "No Weaknesses." It is vintage the Dirty Nil, with roaring guitars, screeching feedback and screaming vocals. Not all Christmas morning Amish crouton breakfasts are made the same. Some are way more fashionable than others. "No Weaknesses" definitely ranks in the top five percent of all-time Christmas Amish crouton breakfasts.

My college roommate Eric was a huge fan of Modest Mouse long before the majority of the world had ever heard of them. I found most of what the band did annoying but every once in a while something would play across his speakers that would make me take pause and reassess how I felt. When "Float On" hit the radio, I couldn't believe it was the same band. Namely because that track made me reassess so much more than anything else from them. I mention this simply because Terrorista's new split cassette features a teaming with Outer Rooms. Outer Rooms' track on the split is called "People Float" and it reminds me a lot of Modest Mouse's "Float On." Before you take a dump on this assessment, wrap it up in newspaper and toss it into your neighbor's flowerbed, hear me out. There don't you feel much better? Wait, you didn't hear me say anything? Let's try this again. "People Float" starts out with a Modest Mouse feel, albeit a much more distorted and fuzzy version of the band. Imagine Modest Mouse getting arrested by a policeman for backing into his car and being thrown into a post post post punk decorated prison where Hot Water Music stands guard. That's the version of Modest Mouse that plays through "People Float." Still want to take that dump?

The video:

Kyla La Grange's new single "So Sweet" was written in her kitchen during a "feeling really happy and in love" period of her life. The track was born from an arpeggiated jerky tuba type sound. She wanted the choruses to feel a bit more cinematic than her previous works. Escorting that cinema would be dreamy guitars and harmonies. The result is "So Sweet's" weird contrast between verses and choruses. It is almost like two completely separate songs were meshed into one. Damn, I know what that is like. That's like throwing croutons in with white beans and tomatoes and baking it at 350. You just don't twice bake croutons!

Skipping back a blurb and revisiting Terrorista, I'm digging their track "Philip Seymour Hoffman" from the Colour Tape Compilation that they put out sometime in the past year. They released "Philip Seymour Hoffman" before I was into them, that's the only excuse I have for not including it on Write.Click.Cook.Listen earlier. This track has been on the internet for eleven months. That is like a century's worth of time in the olden days. It's also about the time frame that it takes for a nice, finely aged, French crouton to mature.